Mike Madison is a great friend. Don’t take my word for it. Just take a look at one example of his generosity. Mike has always been a wonderful resource for anyone looking to improve their scholarship. I know I have benefited from his time and advice. We have talked a few times about a concern that Mike had raised: “younger IP scholars either have lost the knack of knowing something about the history of the discipline – or never acquired it in the first place.” A month ago Mike took action to help remedy the concern. I, for one, am most grateful to have the resource (and Mike might be happy that I contact him less often about such matters). I hope it helps anyone in the field. In addition, I hope others who perceive similar possible gaps in knowledge take the time to construct and share analogous lists in their fields. Until then, here are links to Mike’s gifts.
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Background and Introduction
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Copyright
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Trademark
Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law – Patent